What it lacks in historical sites and beautiful surroundings such as those in Rome and Venice, Milan makes up for with it’s amazing atmosphere, glamorous fashion, and mouth watering food. As the fashion capital of the world, I had fears Milan would be pretty expensive. Everyone was telling me it would be price. But to my surprise, it was pretty cheap. A lot cheaper in fact compared to Venice, where I had visited a few weeks before.
Here is my mini guide of this Italian city often missed out by travellers.
And eat we did. Italians love a bread basket. As soon as you sit down at a restaurant, BAMM there is bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. That is just for starters. Although Italians are known throughout the world for pizza, pasta, and tomato sauce, the national diet traditionally differs greatly per region. Pasta is more likely to be served with a white cheese sauce in the north (CARBONARA) and a tomato-based sauce in the south.
The food was amazing and pretty cheap. A main course dish of pasta or a pizza cost roughly 8 to 12 euros. You could even do it cheaper if you wanted.
Once you are full of carbohydrates and ready to nap what else is there to do? Eat gelato of course. It would be rude not to. Gelato is everywhere and amazing. There are cool little gelato shops and cafe on practically every street.
There are 20 wine regions in Italy so yes there is some amazing wine in this country. The wine was amazing, even the red. red wine freaks me out a bit as it is warm. Alcohol should be cold! But I enjoyed it.
A night out in the Isola nightlife district was pretty affordable. Drinks were 4 to 5 euros in the bars but jumped up to 10 euros once inside the clubs. Luckily I was drunk by then. We were warned by some locals about the notoriously ‘rough and cheesey’ Alcatraz Club and opted for ClubHaus80 just next door. This is all just a 10 minute walk from the Zara Metro station.
Things to do
Shop – If you don’t want to miss out on the fashion experience but are on a budget, head to the Brera District for some less expensive, trendy boutiques. If you are looking to spend some serious money or maybe just some extreme window shopping, head over to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11. This huge shopping establishment took 12 years to construct.Be warned, a coffee can cost 15 euros in this area.
Sight see – A massive Gothic cathedral, this looms over the Piazza del Duomo. With over 3,500 statues, 135 spires, and 5 bronze doors, it is not surprising to find that it took 500 years to complete.
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, resides in the church of Santa Maria della Grazie, Milan. You need a ticket and you need to book in advance. Maybe even months in advanced.
With it costing just 5 Euros for a 50 minute coach transfer from Bergamo airport to city centre and 1.50 Euros for 90 minutes on the Metro it is super cheap and easy to travel around Milan.
Where to stay
For a central location anywhere around Central Station is perfect. I stayed an amazing hostel Ostello Bello Grande right in the centre.